Nov. 20, 2020

53. Creating Your Own Definition of Masculinity with Johnny Crowder

53. Creating Your Own Definition of Masculinity with Johnny Crowder

On this episode, my guest is Johnny Crowder and we talk about mental health in men, breaking masculine stereotypes, how he defines manhood and what his journey in the arts taught him about masculinity. Johnny is a 28-year-old suicide/abuse survivor, TEDx speaker, touring musician, mental health and sobriety advocate, and the Founder & CEO of Cope Notes, a text-based mental health platform that provides daily support to users in nearly 100 countries across the globe. With 10 years of clinical treatment, a psychology degree from UCF, and a full decade of peer support and advocacy through the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) under his belt, Johnny’s youthful vigor for the topic of mental health is unmatched. Whether speaking at events or touring with his band (Prison), Johnny’s infectious positivity and firsthand experience with mental illness (ranging from bipolar disorder and OCD to schizophrenia) uniquely equip him to provide realistic, yet hopeful insight into the pains of hardship with authenticity, levity, and wit.

If you are interested in trying out cope notes, please use this link and use the code imperfect for 10% off of ANY subscription for LIFE!

You can connect or follow Johnny on LinkedIn, on IG at JohnnyCrowderLovesYou, on Facebook or visit his website You can also watch Johnny's powerful TEDx Talk and email him directly at

As it’s currently Movember and a month about men’s mental health, I thought this would be an important episode to share with you during this time. Here is a link to my friend Gautham’s Movember fundraiser link should you be interested in donating. You can also check out Gautham’s episode which is literally episode number one of this podcast!